Arsenal transfer target Chris Smalling to return to Manchester United after £25m Roma deal collapses

first_img Comment Arsenal transfer target Chris Smalling to return to Manchester United after £25m Roma deal collapses Smalling is set to move on this summer (Picture: ANP Sport via Getty Images)Chris Smalling will reportedly return to Manchester United this summer after a permanent move to Roma fell through, although his future likely lies elsewhere with the likes of Arsenal keen on signing him. Smalling has become a popular figure in Serie A after an impressive season on loan at Italian giants Roma. But the coronavirus crisis has forced them to reconsider their summer transfer plans and a deal for the 30-year-old may prove out of their price range, with the club facing financial difficulties. As a result, Smalling is expected return to Old Trafford in the summer, according to The Sun.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveA source told The Sun: ‘We know Chris would love to stay and it is a deal which suits all parties at the end of the season.‘The financial reality, however, is very different. The people at Roma have many new things to consider.‘Ole had to make a quick decision call to send Chris out on loan last summer because Marcos Rojo’s move to Everton collapsed at a late stage.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘The manager wasn’t surprised how well Chris has performed at Roma and does remain a fan of his.’Roma had the first option to sign the England international but United are still keen to get his £100,000-a-week wages off the books. Arsenal are long-term admirers of the centre-half and it’s been rumoured they have made an offer to sign him.Should Arsenal sign Chris Smalling?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Jadon Sancho’s stance on Manchester United move as Dortmund fire transfer warningMORE: Juan Mata responds to Manchester United’s £120m move for Jadon SanchoFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Apr 2020 4:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kSharescenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Legal experts weigh alternatives to ‘Dutch-style’ pensions in Germany

first_imgThe pensions industry, however, largely rejected the notion of §17b plans for essentially introducing a pure defined contribution system in Germany for the first time.In March, the government put on hold a revised proposal that included minimum guarantees to see through the implementation of the Portability Directive, scheduled for early 2016.BMAS now wants to explore possible alternatives to the §17b industry-wide proposal.In a statement, it said Hanau and Arteaga would consider whether new pension funds have to be set up under the §17b model, as well as how existing pension funds might benefit from the proposal.They will also assess how companies and workers lacking collective labour agreements might be integrated into the new model.Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller, parliamentary state secretary to BMAS, said the voluntary expansion of occupational pensions would work “only after the social partners are strengthened”.Once the legal experts submit their final report in March 2016, the government is to decide how to “further develop occupational pensions and how to best strengthen the model”. The German government has commissioned Peter Hanau, a professor in the University of Cologne’s legal department, and Marco Arteaga, a partner at law firm DLA Piper, to come up with further proposals for occupational pension reform.The legal experts are to focus on the so-called ‘social partner model’, where occupational pension plans are agreed by company and worker representatives.Last year, Germany’s Labour and Social Affairs Ministry (BMAS) caught many in the industry by surprise after it called for the introduction of industry-wide pension funds, in a bid to increase the take-up of occupational pensions.The government’s proposal became known as §17b, based on the legal paragraph in which they would be set down.last_img read more

Senators Urge Administration to Fund Great Lakes Coastal Study

first_imgU.S. Senators Rob Portman, co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Task Force member Sherrod Brown, sent a letter to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget as well as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army Corps requesting funding for a Great Lakes coastal resiliency study in the President’s FY 2019 budget request.Great Lakes Task Force co-Chair Debbie Stabenow, Vice Chair Amy Klobuchar and members Tammy Baldwin, Dick Durbin, Bob Casey, Tammy Duckworth, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Tina Smith, and Gary Peters also signed the letter.“The Great Lakes coastline faces numerous threats, such as lake level fluctuations, erosion, flooding, nutrient runoff, and aging infrastructure. It is important to ensure that the Great Lakes’ 5,200-mile coastline is protected, as 4.2 million people live within two miles of a Great Lakes coastline. The coastline is also imperative to a robust economy and tourism industry in the Great Lakes, as it includes 60 commercial harbors moving over 123 million tons of cargo annually,” wrote the Senators.“We appreciate the Corps’ consultation with the Great Lakes states in proposing this study, as we fully intend for this study to be used to implement projects that will result in a more resilient coastline throughout the Great Lakes and a more strategic expenditure of state and federal funds.”“The Great Lakes Commission knows that only by working together can the states, the federal government and local communities best protect our 5,200-mile coastline. That’s why a comprehensive Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study, developed alongside the states, is necessary,” said John Linc Stine, chair of the Great Lakes Commission and Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.A PDF of the letter can be found here.last_img read more

DPP orders arrest of Obado, his children over graft

first_imgAn audit trail of the money led to persons closely related to Zachary Okoth Obado who were his proxies.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The statement further stated that Obado indirectly and in conflict of interest, received a benefit totalling to Ksh 73, 474, 376.90 from companies and businesses that traded with Migori County Government.Investigations revealed that the directors of the companies were proxies of Obado including three of his brothers namely; Jared Peter Kwaga, Patroba Ochanda and Joram Opala; and  their mother too Penina Auma Otago, Christine Akinyi spouse to Jared Peter Kwaga and his sister-in-law Carolyne Onyango.Also Read  Governor Obado’s pre-trial case pushed to OctoberThe companies were Misoft Ltd, Tarchdog Printers, Deltrack ICT Services, Seletrack Consultants, Mactebac Contractors, Joyush Business, Swyfcon Engineering, Atinus Services, Kajulu Business, Victorious Investments, Dolphus Softwares, Dankey Press and Pesulus Services.The audit trail of the money revealed that the companies wired Ksh 38,949,376.90 to accounts of governor Obado´s children namely; Achola Dan Okoth, Susan Scarlet Okoth and Jerry Zachary Okoth.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsThe money was used to pay school fees, upkeep, maintenance and medical bills in Australia, Scotland and United Kingdom some monies were also traced to have bought two Land Cruisers V8.Ksh 34,525,000 was used to purchase a house in Loresho Ridge whose beneficial owner is Obado´s daughterEverlyne Adhiambo Zachary. Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Nordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Migori Governor Okoth Obado over alleged embezzlement of Ksh 73.4M county funds.According to the DPP, the governor indirectly received Ksh 73.4 million from companies that traded with Migori County Government during his first term in office.In a statement, DPP noted that:  “Public monies were lost through the connivance of the governor and business entities through payments allegedly made for performance of contracts.”Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitieslast_img read more

Body and Mind: How Massage Connects Both

first_imgRelax and escape to paradise during a massage at In Touch Therapy.Does it ever feel like your mind and body are in a state of disconnect? Founder and Clinic Director of Olympia’s In Touch Therapy, Kenton Stuth, says this is a common problem that many people experience. “The body speaks to the mind using two languages: pain and pleasure,” says Stuth.If you’ve just been in a bad accident, your mind and body may not be as trusting of one another as they were previously. Enter In Touch Therapy. Stuth and his experienced team of massage therapists work hard to bring the mind and body back together so that the body can start trusting the mind, and you can start feeling like yourself again.So how exactly does massage therapy repair this state of disconnect? “During massage we work on a muscle group or a specific muscle and put it in a slightly painful, yet controlled, position,” says Stuth. “Because the position is controlled, the body knows it’s safe. This then forces the brain to pause what it’s doing so that it can correspond with that muscle,” he explains.“The brain is busy with other stuff. It’s not thinking about a specific muscle or organ,” says Stuth. But, by applying controlled pain to a muscle or muscle group, the brain is forced to acknowledge the activated muscle. Stuth says that this is where the mind and body start to come back together again. “We force the brain to connect to a muscle. Once the mind acknowledges that muscle, it starts thinking of ways to make it better,” he explains.Stuth calls this the mind taking the body on a date. “The disconnect between the mind and body is like a bad relationship. The body wants to have a good relationship with the mind, so the mind has to start taking the body out on dates. After a while, the body starts to trust the mind again,” Stuth says.In Touch Therapy can help connect the mind and body through facilitating recovery, providing clients with simple exercises to try at home, and working with the client’s health care provider. “Once we get the body back into a nice balanced structure, the body will intuitively start to heal and repair itself,” says Stuth. Sometimes the mind and body just need a little nudge in the right direction.For more information about the restorative powers of massage therapy, visit In Touch Therapy’s website here, or contact In Touch Therapy’s Office Coordinator, Shannon Monahan, at 360-866-8940, to schedule an appointment. Facebook126Tweet0Pin0last_img read more